By Francesca Farruggio
OUR DAY HAS COME. The annual celebration in respect to theforce that womanhood is today couldn’t have come at a better time. As the repercussions of the “Me Too Movement” currently dominate the media world, women of all ages, races and socio-economic backgrounds have shown how powerful we can be when we join together as one.
For those of you who need some background, International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8th every year as a focal point in the movement for women’s rights (thank you Wikipedia) After the Socialist Party of Americaorganized a Women’s Day on February 28, 1909, in New York, the 1910 International Socialist Women’s Conferencesuggested a Women’s Day be held annually. After women gained suffrage in Soviet Russia in 1917, March 8th became a national holiday there. The day was then predominantly celebrated by the socialist movement and communist countries until it was adopted in 1975 by the United Nations.
We are now fortunate enough to live in a society that prioritizes women’s rights. Whether politically, professionally, or socially, there are women AND men out there who make it their mission to work each day towards a more gender-balanced world. Today is a time to recognize these people and spread the idea that women of all culture, race, and religion are worth fighting for.
From the beginning, women have always been second best to men. We were never the breadwinners or the decisionmakers. We cared for our children and kept a commendable environment for our husbands to come home to.
The past decades have brought nothing but victory for those fighting for women’s rights so we could show that yes, we can do BOTH – women can do it all! It’s the small, but inspiring victories that women achieve each day that will continue to build a world where we are not superior, but equal to men. I think the main thing we should focus on this year is acknowledging the power that women have as a unit.
No matter how little your victory might seem, it counts! Your husband is completely capable of making the cookies for the bake sale if you need the night off, just like YOU are equipped to manage a hedge fund if that is your dream. #TheFutureIsFemale
Woman– you are just as smart, purposeful, and competent as any man. Say it to yourself twenty times if that’s what you need to believe it. Hell – scream it as you shred your most empowering chords on the guitar.
Just make sure you acknowledge that this day is to celebrate YOUR force in this crazy world, and no person can ever take that away from you.
Francesca Farruggio is a contributing writer for Rockmommy.